3M Careers: 3M Design Internship Program

Design Internships

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Design Internship Experience
  • As a design intern, you will develop skills and gain work experience in your field of study, such as industrial design, graphic design, UX design and design research.



About 3M Design 

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    Driven by curiosity, our diverse, global team includes design talent from multiple creative disciplines. We create meaningful and consistent brand experiences stimulated by collaborative creativity. We translate insights and technologies into solutions that inspire and positively impact our customers, employees and world. Learn more at 3M.com/design.

Program Details

  • What sets this program apart from the others?

    Design interns, in partnership with dedicated design supervisors, have the opportunity to work on two to four projects that represent real design challenges that 3M’s businesses are currently facing.​

    ​All interns will also have company networking, social impact and professional development opportunities, as well as design-specific learning and workshops.

  • How long is the program?

    A design internship is full-time and typically 10-12 weeks, starting in June and running through August.

  • Where will you be located?

    The design internship program is based in our state-of-the-art design center at 3M’s global headquarters in Maplewood, MN.

  • What kinds of roles are candidates hired into?

    Past design interns have been hired into full-time positions that focus on industrial design, graphic design, UX design and design research.

  • What activities are provided during the program?

    In addition to the professional development, interns will have opportunities to participate in volunteer events with local nonprofit groups and social and networking events.

  • How can you begin the recruitment and application process?

    The design internship program posts open positions January through March. Search key words “design internship” here.​

    ​Intern positions are also posted at select design schools and on niche job boards. ​

    ​3M participates in select design school portfolio reviews and design career fairs. Design leaders conduct on-campus interviews with select intern applicants.



Future Opportunities

  • 3M Careers: Shannon Vanderhill, UX designer, 3M Design

    "My internship prepared me to join the team as a contributing team member the moment I started as a full-time 3Mer. I was able to jump into new domains and problems more easily because I knew the company and the team and had allies and mentors that could guide me." Shannon Vanderhill, UX designer, 3M Design


  • 3M Careers: Doug, industrial design intern, 3M Design

    “The great thing about 3M Design is that they fully integrate you as a member of the design team. That really gave me a chance to see how an idea evolves from just an initial sketch, all the way through to concept renders, 3D models, prototypes, and to see a few of these products hit the market.” Doug W., industrial design intern, 3M Design

  • 3M Careers: Shabi, design research intern, 3M Design

    “Being able to design for real-world problems, but also with great people really brings this internship together.” Shabi K., design research intern, 3M Design

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